Siemens Teams Up With VoIP provider Skype|
VoIP provider Skype has teamed up with Siemens Communications to offer cordless phones in a move that gives Skype users the ability to drop their headsets and use Siemens phones for free Web telephoning.
The Siemens-Skype configuration includes a Gigaset M34 USB adapter that can be plugged into the USB connector on PCs. It will retail from between $100 and $129 in Europe. In turn, different models from Siemens line of DECT (digital enhanced cordless telecommunications) phones are linked to the Gigaset M34. The European standard DECT cordless phones range in price from about $50 to $200.
"You no longer have to be tethered to your computer," said Skype spokeswoman Kelly Larabee. The Siemens phones went on sale Wednesday in Europe, she said.
Spokespersons at both Skype and Siemens said there are no immediate plans to market the connector and phones in North America. However, Larabee noted that Skype's formal release Tuesday of its API (application program interface) could facilitate the development of similar cordless telephone configurations anywhere in the world.
Skype has more than 14.5 million subscribers " typically more than 750,000 are on line at any given time " but some users and prospective users have balked at using the service because it requires the use of headsets for optimum performance. The new Siemens phones will remove that major hurdle.
Most Skype users can only communicate with other Skype users with the attraction being that the service is free in those cases. Another Skype service called SkypeOut enables users to call from their Skype base to non-Skype telephone subscribers for slightly more than two-cents a minute virtually anywhere in the world.
Siemens has been working for a few months with Skype on the products announced Wednesday. The official API beta is available to both commercial and non-commercial partners alike. Non-commercial users will be able to develop API-based applications without charge while the company said it will negotiate with commercial partners on an individual basis on their projects.
A Siemens spokeswoman said the cordless configurations are being offered in Germany and became operative when Skype software went live Wednesday. The configurations will be offered "from December onwards throughout Europe," she added. The other European companies where the Siemens products will be offered include Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
The adapter works with Siemens Gigaset C340/345, Gigaset CX340/345isdn, Gigaset S440/445, Gigaset SX440/445isdn, Gigaset S645 and Gigaset SL440. All DECT models were unveiled recently, the firm said.
The announcement of the Siemens products was made by Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and founder, and Paul Reitmeier, president of Siemens Customer Premises Equipment Devices.
Intel Exec: Most Server Chips Will Be Dual-Core, Multi-Core By 2006|
Intel expects 85 percent of its server processor shipments to be dual- or multi-core by 2006, a more ambitious timeline than the company had previously spelled out, an executive at the chip maker said.
Cisco Warns Routers, Switches Vulnerable To Denial Of Service Attacks
Cisco has warned that some of its switches and routers are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DOS) attacks, even if configured properly.
SAP Delivers Portal Tool For Windows Developers
A new software development kit from SAP is designed to make it easier for programmers using Microsoft's Visual Studio development environment to write applications that work with SAP's Enterprise Portal.
NFL Teams Lean On Content-Delivery Firm To Manage Web Traffic Spikes
When the National Football League's New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts take the field for their divisional playoff this weekend, fans of each team are likely to want to access team information or buy team mementos online.
Affinity Internet Enhances Online Marketing Service For SMBs
Affinity Internet, a provider of Web services for small to midsized businesses (SMBs), last week debuted ValueTraffic Deluxe, an enhanced version of its online marketing service. For $500 a month, the Deluxe service guarantees that a customer's ad will be seen at least 50,000 times or that the ad will get at least 250 clicks each month.
Microsoft Releases Revamped Worm Cleanser
As expected, Microsoft posted a revamped virus and worm cleaning utility Tuesday, the first of what it's said will be regular monthly updates to the tool. Dubbed the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, it cleanses PCs of eight different worm/virus families, including Berbew, Doomjuice, Gaobot, 2003's destructive MSBlast, MyDoom, Nachi, 2004's Sasser, and Zindos.
iTunes Bug Leaves Users Vulnerable To Hack
Just a day after Steve Jobs touted a new $99 iPod, a Danish security firm revealed that the iTunes software, which lets Mac and Windows users download purchased tracks to their computers, and thus to their iPods, has a "highly critical" vulnerability.
FTC Scores First CAN-SPAM Porn Win
The Federal Trade Commission Tuesday struck the first blow against porn spammers by using provisions in the federal CAN-SPAM Act to convince a Nevada judge to freeze the assets of several companies and five men accused of spewing pornographic e-mails.
NY, Ohio Join States Appealing FCC's Vonage Ruling
New York's Public Service Commission and Ohio's Public Utilities Commission have joined the ever-growing group of states and organizations planning to appeal the Federal Communications Commission's Vonage ruling, joining California and Minnesota's already-announced intents to challenge.
Sales Of RFID Tags Forecast To Rise Quickly
Revenue from electronic tags used in tracking goods from suppliers to store shelves are expected to reach $2.8 billion in five years, a market research firm said Wednesday.